Athletics-Orioles Preview

The Associated Press

An impressive offensive performance got the Baltimore Orioles back into the win column.

The Oakland Athletics suffered through another disappointing display at the plate.

The Orioles look to build on their latest effort Sunday as they close a three-game set with the visiting Athletics.

After losing Friday's series opener 5-2 to Oakland (11-11), Baltimore matched its highest run total of the season with a 10-1 victory Saturday. The Orioles (13-8) put together a five-run second inning and never looked back en route to their fifth win in six games.

"It was good for us to put some distance between us and give our bullpen a break," said first baseman Chris Davis, who went 3 for 4 with his fourth homer and a career high-tying four RBIs.

Adam Jones and Robert Andino also each had three hits while Nolan Reimold extended his hitting streak to 13 games with a single. Reimold is batting .364 with five homers and 10 RBIs during his run.

While the Orioles' bats were clicking on all cylinders, Wei-Yin Chen threw seven innings of one-run ball against struggling Oakland, which ranks last in the majors in both overall batting average (.203) and average with runners in scoring position (.181). The A's went 0 for 8 on Saturday in RBI situations.

"I am not going to say he didn't throw the ball well. I am just saying we had opportunities that we didn't take advantage of," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

After watching Tyson Ross get tagged for nine runs Saturday, Oakland gives the ball to Bartolo Colon (3-2, 2.62 ERA).

Colon offered up a pair of solo homers among seven hits over seven innings of Monday's 4-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. He issued three walks, but threw 63 of his 89 pitches for strikes.

"It was similar to what we've seen, a lot of strikes," Melvin said. "To give up just two to that team, you're giving your team a chance to win."

The burly right-hander has won both his starts on the road this season, allowing seven hits and a walk over 15 scoreless innings.

Colon is 11-8 with a 3.26 lifetime ERA versus the Orioles. He went 1-1 with a 1.74 ERA in three starts against them last season while with the New York Yankees.

Tommy Hunter (2-1, 4.74) takes the hill for Baltimore looking to continue his recent dominance at Camden Yards, where he's 3-0 with a 0.72 ERA over his last four starts dating to September. The right-hander improved to 2-0 and lowered his ERA to 0.69 at home this season with six innings of one-run ball during Tuesday's 2-1 victory over Toronto.

"He's going to keep firing bullets," manager Buck Showalter told the Orioles' official website. "Here it is. It's not ever going to be lack of aggressive(ness) or getting in the fight or getting in the competition."

Hunter has received an average of 8.07 runs of support while winning five consecutive starts against the A's despite a lackluster 4.18 ERA. The first four of those outings came with Texas.

It's unknown if Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters - tied with Adam Jones for the club lead with six homers - will be available in this game after sitting out with an illness Saturday.

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